Explore The Area
Instead of staying in Bar Harbor, consider Southwest Harbor as your command central for a great vacation in Maine. This traditional New England village has everything that encapsulates the heart of island life. Southwest Harbor is close to Bar Harbor, yet far enough away to avoid busy crowds and traffic, and Southwest Harbor is also a great place to enjoy lesser known areas of the island.
Here are some of the highlights, courtesy of the Innkeepers.
Flying Mountain - Acadia National Park - Plan on starting your hiking experience at Flying Mountain.
Asticou Azaela Gardens - Northeast Harbor - The gardens are in the height of color and bloom in May/June.
Thuya Garden and Lodge - Northeast Harbor
Jordan Pond - Acadia National Park - Plan on hiking and then stopping in for popovers on the lawn.
Manset - Southwest Harbor
Sea Wall - Acadia National Park
Echo Lake, Acadia National Park. - Acadia National Park
Bass Harbor Lighthouse - Acadia National Park, Tremont
Boats, Bikes, and Nature
Bar Harbor Whale Watch - Whale Watching, 1 West Street, Bar Harbor
Southwest Cycle - Bicycle Rentals, 370 Main Street, Southwest Harbor.
Quietside Cruises - Cruise in a lobster boat or charter a sloop to discover the islands by water.
Maine State Sea Kayak - Kayak Rentals, 254 Main Street, Southwest Harbor
Cranberry Cove Ferry - Departs near the Inn from Southwest Harbor.
Restaurants and Cafes
Beal’s Lobster Pier - 411 Main Street, Southwest Harbor
Cafe This Way - 14 1/2 Mt. Desert Street, Bar Harbor
Coda - 18 Village Green Way, Southwest Harbor
Havana - 318 Main Street, Bar Harbor
Red Sky - 14 Clarke Point Road, Southwest Harbor
Rogue Cafe - 1 Main Street, Southwest Harbor
Sips - 4 Clark Point Road, Southwest Harbor, (207) 244-4550. A wine and coffee bar serving small plates and dinner too.
Thurston’s Lobster Pound - Steamboat Wharf, Bernard
XYZ - End of Bennett Road, Manset, (207) 244-5221
Café 2 and Eat-a-Pita - 326 Main Street, Southwest Harbor, (207) 244-4344